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Setting up Mentor-Mentee Ground Rules and Expectations: An Advising Statement

Establishing clear expectations at the start of an advising relationship is critical and can occur with a discussion of a faculty member’s advising statement.  We strongly recommend that each graduate faculty member develop an advising statement that outlines key expectations and responsibilities.  We provide an example below with some minimal expectations for students pursuing a PhD.  Faculty members can use this example advising statement as a template, but should feel free to modify this statement so that it accurately reflects their own advising philosophy and expectations.  For example, a faculty member may have different expectations with regard to number of first-authored publications or more defined expectations with regard to work hours.  Such expectations should be clearly described so that trainees are fully aware of what is expected in order to have a successful PhD training experience.

View template and example.